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“Awesome experience ”
Review of Dolphin Cove

Dolphin Cove
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US$50.00*
and up
Shuttle Service from Runaway Bay Hotels to Ocho...
Ranked #17 of 70 things to do in Ocho Rios
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Owner description: This magnificent property has a natural cove which is surrounded by 5 acres of lush tropical rain forest. Visitors have the opportunity to interact and "Swim With" dolphins, enjoying the thrill and love of these amazing lovable animals. Visitors can also swim with, hold, feed and learn about the evolutionary secrets of the Caribbean sharks. Visitors can capture their dream of being a dolphin trainer by taking the challenge of being "Sea Keeper" for the day. Voted as Jamaica's Number One Attraction for a reason. Come for the day, for memories of a lifetime.
Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

We started our Dolphin Cove day by wandering down to the stingray pen. Initially we just walked along the dock checking them out. Not far off, a couple of dolphins were spyhopping in their pens, checking out our group. Alex, the stingray handler, was in the pen, and told us we could get in with him. The rays had had their stingers removed and were not dangerous. As soon as Alex brought out some food, we were able to handle them, and get right up close and personal with them. It was super cool -- everyone loved it!! One of the nice things about Alex ( and the other trainers) was that he/ they we're one of the few Jamaican excursions that didn't borderline harass you for a tip. Alex was by far our favorite. He was funny, friendly, and seemed to be good with the animals. After the stingrays, we just wandered around a little bit, checking out the property. There was an ostrich pen (that's a huge bird!!), and apparently you can go on some sort of Segway excursion at the same site. There is a little snack bar where you could grab a bite to eat, if you were so inclined. I think we had about an hour to kill before it was our time with the dolphins. In retrospect, I would encourage you to upgrade to the deluxe swim with two dolphins, where they both push under your feet and put you in the air. Don't get me wrong, swimming with an individual dolphin was still super amazing. There were actually two individual dolphins, but you only ever swam with one at a time. We had Apollo and Calisa. The trainer taught us a lot about dolphins, and there was ample opportunity to get up close and expand your knowledge of these amazing creatures. Two people go and float out in the pen and the trainer sends the dolphin to pick one of you. You don't even see the dolphin coming and then he just pops up in front of one of you. With a dolphin facing you, he lets you grab his flippers, and then proceeds to pull you through the water back towards the trainer and the others in the group. Very powerful creatures. The Dolphins seemed very happy to be around humans, and would smile, and chatter happily when asked questions. As mentioned earlier, I totally would have upgraded to having the two dolphins push you through the water by the feet. They have a photographer that takes pictures of you throughout your experience. As you can guess the photos are crazy expensive, but worth it. These are memories of a lifetime -- unless you have your own dolphins!! There were three of us in our group, and I think it was about $200 for pictures. And that was for one 7 inch photo each and a CD of all the pictures of us, so you can print as many as you like. All prices were in US dollars, so don't forget about an exchange rate. All in all, it was a great experience and I highly recommend it. I only wished I could stay longer. The whole excursion only took about 4 hours including the bus ride.

Thank Steve H
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DolphinDiscovery, Community Manager at Dolphin Cove, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

Dear traveler,

We would like to thank you for sharing your experience with us at Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios.
We are very happy that you and your family enjoyed your day and the dolphin activity was terrific, they are wonderful creatures!
Our team is always ready to help you and make it a lifetime experience, we deeply thank you for this opportunity.
We really appreciate your opinion and we are pleased that our services were as expected.
Looking forward to welcome you again in the near future.

Best regards!

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

This place is a total rip off!!!   They will no longer allow you to use your own camera to capture your own memories.. you now have to buy their photos... starting price, $75.00 for 1 and then the price goes up from there.   Then, only get about 5 minutes with the dolphins..  Not worth it.  DO YOURSELF A FAVOR... Don't go here!! 

Thank mazinc2000
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DolphinDiscovery, Community Manager at Dolphin Cove, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Dear visitor,

We appreciate your visit to Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios and especially for taking the time to tell us about your experience.
We deeply regret that you felt our services and policies were not as you expected, your comments are well received, taken into account and will be shared with the corresponding area, listening to our guests always helps us to improve our quality and take corrective measures where necessary.
On behalf of our team we really hope to have the opportunity to serve you soon.

Warmest regards!

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

We did something similar in Mexico and go way more for the money. Kids loved it , also snorkeling with the rays and the zoo.
Overall experience good but too expensive, especially the pictures taken by the photographers.

Thank Elisabeth S
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DolphinDiscovery, Community Manager at Dolphin Cove, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Dear traveler,

Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us, it has been great to read that you enjoyed the dolphin activity and you passed a nice time.
We really appreciate all your comments, listening to our visitors helps us to improve our quality.
On behalf of our team we hope to have the opportunity to see you again.

Warmest regards!

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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

A must visit attraction in Jamaica. Had fun swimming with the dolphins, playing with the birds and on the boat ride. There's no doubt about going back for another visit....

Thank quenger
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DolphinDiscovery, Community Manager at Dolphin Cove, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Dear traveler,

We would like to thank you for your preference and for taking the time to share how was your experience at Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios.
We are pleased to know that swimming with dolphins and our activities has been an amazing experience.
Our team is always ready to help you and make it a lifetime experience, we deeply thank you for this opportunity.
Dolphin Discovery Group appreciates your preference and hope to see you again soon.

Best regards!

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

Swimming was wonderful, and the dolphin trainer was wonderful. We wanted pictures, but they were $300 for our group! The process of working with the person selling the photos was uncomfortable, but we finally did purchase photos to remember the event.

Thank Roxane S
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DolphinDiscovery, Community Manager at Dolphin Cove, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Dear traveler,

We would like to thank you for your preference and for taking the time to share how was your experience at Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios.
We are pleased to know that swimming with dolphins and interact with them has been an amazing experience.
Our team is always ready to help you and make it a lifetime experience, we deeply thank you for this opportunity.
Dolphin Discovery Group appreciates your preference and hope to see you again soon.

Best regards!

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